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Ash Carter
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25th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
February 17, 2015 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Deputy Robert Work
Preceded by Chuck Hagel
Succeeded by James Mattis
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
In office
October 6, 2011 – December 3, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by William Lynn
Succeeded by Christine Fox (Acting)
Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
In office
April 27, 2009 – October 5, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Young
Succeeded by Frank Kendall
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs
In office
June 30, 1993 – September 14, 1996
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Stephen Hadley
Succeeded by Jack Crouch (2001)
Personal details
Born
Ashton Baldwin Carter

September 24, 1954 (1954-09-24) (age 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clayton Spencer (divorced)
Stephanie DeLeeuw
Relations Cynthia DeFelice (sister)
Children 2
Alma mater Yale University (BA)
St John's College, Oxford (MS, PhD)

Ashton Baldwin "AshCarter (born September 24, 1954) is the former United States Secretary of Defense. He is also a physicist and a former Harvard University professor of Science and International Affairs. He was nominated by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 93–5, to replace Chuck Hagel as the US Secretary of Defense.

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